An internet mystery which seemed to show a six-wheeled Range Rover and intrigued thousands earlier this year has been shown to be true – in a rather roundabout way.
Land Rover later moved to solve the mystery after an image seemed to show a surreal six-wheeled Range Rover on the move in Canada.
The strange Land Rover sighting sparked much internet debate as to whether it was real or not.
The discussion started after the bizarre looking six-wheeled Range Rover was captured by a Google Maps Street View camera in Toronto.
The photo was spotted by eagle-eyed Reddit user Zegorn, but the big question was whether it was for real or the result of a perfectly-timed glitch?
Land Rover said it was not a vehicle it was involved in – if indeed it was real.
However celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Range Rover revealed that six-wheeled Range Rovers have existed – albeit that they were created in the past rather than the present.
A huge parade of vehicles consisting of 50 Range Rovers spanning the decades took place at this year’s Goodwood Speedweek.
An eclectic mix of Range Rovers from the last half century formed the parade around Goodwood Motor Circuit to commemorate the special anniversary.
The line-up ranged from original classics to a modified ambulance and a 6×6 fire engine.
Unlike the Google image which led to intense speculation about its existence this six-wheeled Range over was very much real.
However, unlike that Google anomaly it dates back decades, being an adapted version of the original Range Rover, rather than the current version.
The mystery of the six-wheeled Range Rover captured on Google unfolded in February this year.
It began after Reddit user Zegorn wrote: “Secret new 6-wheeled Land Rover sighted,” alongside a winking face.
One user replied: “That’s one of the cleanest glitches I’ve seen, almost looks real.”
Glitches are fairly common on Google Maps Street View.
Google Maps creates the images by stitching together the 360 -degree image sets submitted by users, meaning small errors can easily occur.
For example, a mysterious ‘ghost’ couple was spotted on Google Maps last year, wandering the streets of Quebec.
The ‘ghosts’ were seen walking along Rue Saint Jean Baptiste, and appeared to have translucent bodies.
The woman was seen wearing a jacket, jeans and sunglasses, and walked alongside a male companion.
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Thankfully, there’s an explanation for the Google ‘ghosts’.
The eerie appearance is due to a photography glitch, which meant that the couple weren’t fully pictured by the Google Maps Car.
In respect of the six-wheeled Range Rover, Land Rover entered the debate, with a view to solving the mystery once and for all.
As far as the company is concerned, if it exists then it is certainly a vehicle it has had no involvement in.
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Land Rover also said that the Range Rover’s monocoque construction – using a single aluminium body/chassis shell – would make it extremely difficult to produce such a vehicle.
The conclusion is pretty much certain that the strange Range Rover is a Google glitch.
In addition it was suggested if it was for real the vehicle would almost certainly have been spotted elsewhere too.
A Land Rover spokesman told CoventryLive in February: “I think this is a glitch.
“To my reasonable knowledge we have never produced such a vehicle, and owing to the monocoque construction, this would be mighty difficult to pull off.
“I think if it was real we would have seen it in other photos.”
The Range Rover has been made throughout its 50-year lifespan at Jaguar Land Rover’s Lode Lane factory in Solihull.
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